Newly hired 49ers general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan held their introductory press conference on Thursday, and quickly dispelled the popular notion that it is a foregone conclusion that quarterback Colin Kaepernick will not be on the team during the 2017 season.
"Colin reached out and we plan on visiting, that's something Kyle and I committed to," Lynch revealed. "In order to find out what you need, you first have to really take inventory of what you have. We'll sit down with him and if we see fit that he's a part of it, we'll commit to that. If not, we'll figure things out."
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"It starts with me with just studying people," Shanahan added, "I need to go watch it on tape and Colin, like any other player, is someone I'm going to be watching a lot of tape on the next few weeks." Kaepernick, for his part, has maintained that "all things being equal," he'd like to return to the 49ers. The fact that he took the initial step of reaching out to Lynch seems to confirm that.
An intriguing revelation by Lynch was his previous interaction with Kaepernick during his stint at FOX. Analysts routinely meet with coaches and key players prior to games and Lynch described positive encounters with Kaepernick when they met.
"I'm looking forward to sitting down with him. I really am. Colin and I, when I did some 49ers games, I'd say we hit it off. I'd say there was a trust there. I think that trust extends, and I was thrilled when he reached out. I'm looking forward to talking with him."
These developments fly in the face of reports from numerous outlets that Kaepernick had already decided to opt out of his contract, and if not, that the team would cut him. It appears that the new 49ers' brass are committed to a patient approach, and judging Kaepernick based on their own personal interaction with him, along with his on-field performance, rather than by the words of others who may take issue with him based on his stance on pertinent social issues.
Date: February 13, 2017 at 4:05 PM
Comment: They didn't say they will "give him a fair shot at the QB Position" all they said was they will evaluate all the players on the roster first before exploring other options. After "taking inventory" of the current roster, Kaepernick can get released (hopeful this is the case)
By: To Redwood City Bob
Date: February 12, 2017 at 11:34 AM
Comment: Your white pointy hat is showing.
By: F U RACIST
Date: February 12, 2017 at 10:22 AM
Comment: I DONT LIKE KAP AS A QB , BUT ALMOST 1000 UNARMED DIED IN 2016 BY COPS , BUT HEY KAP STOP CARING ANDTHROW TOUCHDOWNS MONKEY , SO I CAN GET BACK TOO MY BEER
Date: February 12, 2017 at 7:33 AM
Comment: move on from Kaepernik he never will be the quarterback the Niners need and his political crap is a unwanted distraction
Date: February 11, 2017 at 6:25 AM
Comment: What kap deserves is boot right in the butt as he slithers out of the door.He is a snake and a traider to our country.
By: Randall Berry
Date: February 11, 2017 at 4:36 AM
Comment: Kaps' game tape already shows what he is. Unless bending to "political" pressure, any reasonable evaluator would reach the "right" decision. Let's help Colin AND the team by moving on. Please.
Date: February 10, 2017 at 1:45 PM
Comment: Thanks Anwar, Shanahan and Lynch are writing a new chapter. Do they want to start answering questions on non football topics. They will have to address why Kap wasn't developed under the past 3 coaches. They don't need it, he didn't produce enough and that is the bottom line.
Date: February 10, 2017 at 11:31 AM
Comment: I haven't met a combat vet yet who said they didn't back Kaepernick's right to protest. That's how we differ from fascist Nazi Germany, who mandated patriotism...With that said, I don't believe Kap is the right QB for the 49ers. I could be wrong, and appreciate Lynch and Shanahan giving him a look..
By: Redwood City Bob
Date: February 10, 2017 at 6:59 AM
Comment: Kaepernick is toxic. I was a lifelong 49er fan. No more. Kaepernick singlehandedly dragged the entire NFL down with his petulant disrespect for the flag and the country. Ratings are down. Ticket and merchandise sales are off. The owners and the league should ban him from the league and every ballpark where a game is being played. I might suggest paying him to leave but the heck with that. Kick him out, lock the door and bolt all the windows.
Date: February 10, 2017 at 2:27 AM
Comment: As many issues that the 49ers faced as a team. Whether we keep Colin or not is minor issue compared to that of our weak defense. Colin is more than capable of efficient execution of the offense under the right play caller. Defense defense defense.
Date: February 9, 2017 at 6:04 PM
Comment: Baalke: gone. Kelly: gone. Kaepernick: must go. If we a truly clean state we need to get rid of him. W
Date: February 9, 2017 at 5:27 PM
Comment: I think Kap can be a great backup for cheap but I still think it's time too move on we have too much cap space too worry about a QB that is not accurate and throws the ball 99 mph short or overthrow
Date: February 9, 2017 at 5:15 PM
Comment: This title is click-bait and is not at all what either men said.
Shanny makes it clear:
"I need to go watch it on tape and Colin, like any other player, is someone I'm going to be watching a lot of tape on the next few weeks."
I think you're conflating watching film and talking into "fair shot."
Date: February 9, 2017 at 5:10 PM
Comment: Keeping Kaep would be a huge mistake. Clean house. They have a shot at regaining a fan base with new leadership. Don't blow it by reminding everyone of 2016. Kaep is just not worth it. Move on.